My first time radio contacts

LA0BY, last updated 27.11.2018

Having been active on higher frequencies for many years has also brought about opportunities to step on virgin grounds. One of those is to participate in first time contacts between two countries. Such achievements are usually not planned for, but often come about as very unusual propagation is caught. Making first time contacts from countries that have a sizeable population of radio amateurs today normally requires a pioneer at the other end. So the achievement is often owed to a large extend to the adventurous fellow who operates from a rare country. In that sense I am very grateful to the expeditioners who allowed me to make such contacts!

 

144 MHz first time contacts from Norway (LA)

Svalbard

17.08.1990

JW5WBA #

JQ78SG

LA0BY

JP99LP

MS

Armenia

16.03.1992

UG6AD

LN20FE

LA0BY

JP99OO

EME

Greenland

11.08.1992

OX3LX

HQ90XL

LA0BY

JP99OO

MS

New Zealand

18.10.1992

ZL1BVU

RF74DG

LA0BY

JP99OO

EME

Slovenia

13.12.1992

S57TW

JN75EX

LA0BY

JP99OO

EME

Greece

10.07.2000

SV3/DK7ZB

KM06UX

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

San Marino

04.07.1998

T77WI

JN63FW

LA0BY

JO59FW

Ms

Bosnia

24.04.1999

T98CHR

JN84AX

LA0BY

JO59FW

Ms

Turkey

10.07.2000

YM0KA

KM39AT

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

Albania

10.07.2000

ZA/N7BHC

KN91VH

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

 # LA5WBA went to Svalbard for an RTTY contest on HF. I managed to convince him to take some 2 m equipment along and try some MS. JW5WBA was running only 70 W RF into a 15-ele yagi, while I had 1 kW into a 12-ele yagi. Additionally JW5WBA was a newcomer to MS, and his take-off of was extremely poor, with high mountains giving about 10 elevation. In order to compensate for the unequal power a special sequence was agreed: I was transmitting for 1 minute in SSB, and JW5WBA for 4 minutes in slow speed CW. It took 2 hours to complete the QSO, but it worked!

YM0KA operated with a very experimental setup using one half of his yagi hanging in a tree, because "somebody advised him on 6 m to check 2 m as well". Strangely I was the only contact he made during that opening.

 

50 MHz first time contacts from Norway (LA)

Greenland

29.06.1990

OX3LX

GP35

LA0BY

JP99LO

Es

Morocco

16.02.1992

CN8ST *

IM64NA

LA0BY

JP99LO

F2

Albania

28.05.2000

ZA/OK1JR

JN91VH

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

 

70 MHz first time contacts from Norway (LA)

Romania

09.06.2010

YO2IS

KN05PS

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

Romania

25.05.2011

YO4FYQ

KN44FD

LA0BY

JO59FW

Es

There were raised doubts that YO2IS had a valid license at the date of contact, that is why the contact with YO4FYQ is also listed.

 

432 MHz first time contacts from Norway (LA)

Croatia

15.02.2015

9A1CAL

JN86DM

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

Czech Republic

12.09.1998

OK2BFH/p

JN99FN

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

Kaliningrad

04.07.2010

RW2F

JO94XV

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

Slovakia

01.10.2011

OM6A

JN99JC

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

 

1296 MHz first time contacts from Norway (LA)

Estonia

17.09.2006

ES2RJ

KO29JM

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

Belarus

10.10.2018

EU4AX

KO13VP

LA0BY

JO59IX

TR

It seems possible to work firsts even with small equipment (my RIG on 23cm is just 15W into 23-ele-yagi). Being at the right spot at the right time is essential!

 

144 MHz first time contacts from Svalbard (JW)

Croatia

13.11.1994

9A1CCY

JN85OO

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Malta

08.04.1995

9H1BT

JM75EU

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Portugal

06.05.1995

CT1WW

IN61GE

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Spain

26.11.1994

EA2LU

IN92

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Balearic Isl.

27.11.1994

EA6VQ

JM19MP

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Ireland

06.06.1995

EI4DQ

IO51WU

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

France

05.02.1995

F6IRF

JN35AU

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

England

16.10.1994

G4SWX

JO02PB

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Scotland

13.11.1994

GM4JJJ

IO86GB

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Japan

18.10.1994

JA4BLC

PM65NM

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Jan Mayen

13.11.1994

JX7DFA

IQ50OV

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Puerto Rico

16.02.1995

WP4G

FK68MM

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Argentina

18.01.1995

LU7DZ

FF78RA

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Bulgaria

26.11.1994

LZ2US

KN13

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Austria

26.11.1994

OE5JFL

JN68MM

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Belgium

17.10.1994

ON4ANT

JO20AR

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Denmark

16.02.1995

OZ1HNE

JO57GH

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Netherlands

16.10.1994

PE1AGJ

JO30

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Slovenia

26.11.1994

S51WV

JN76SN

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Greece

15.02.1995

SV1BTR

KM17VX

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Asiatic Russia

26.11.1994

UA9FAD

LO88DA

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Ukraine

13.11.1994

UT5ER

KN78ER

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Canada

18.10.1994

VE7BQH

CN89KI

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

Australia

17.01.1995

VK3AMZ

QF22

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

South Africa

18.01.1995

ZS6ALE

KG46RC

JW0BY

JQ88AD

EME

From Svalbard I got the chance to be a pioneer myself... 

A complete list of first time VHF contacts from the Norwegian territories can be found at LA8AJA's website - VHF stuff.